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Ebola simulation drills in Tanzania trade worry for calm at border entry points

A wooden boat sways idyllically in a marsh of the Malagarasi River where it begins from an eastern mouth of the great Lake Tanganyika, Africa’s deepest lake and the world’s longest lake. Along the river, muscled men pull loaded bicycles under the scorching sun. This port in Ilagala village in Kigoma Region idles in daytime and bustles with activity at night.

Cabo Verde bets on preparedness to face emergencies

Cabo Verde began the process of conducting its Joint External Evaluation (JEE) to assess its capacity to implement the International Health Regulations (IHR - 2005). This exercise will enable the identification of good practices and opportunities for continuous improvement aiming at strengthening the essential capacities needed for the country to face situations of public health risks and emergencies, based on the One Health approach.

WHO conducts an Emergency Medical Teams awareness and Capacity Building Workshop for...

Zambia is in the process of joining other countries in the world by establishing the Emergency Medical Teams Initiative (EMT), a global programme which was created by the World Health Organization to enhance preparedness and promote the rapid deployment and efficient coordination of Emergency medical teams during disasters, outbreaks and other emergencies with a bearing on human health.

Buruli ulcer: An infectious disease thriving in unsanitary environments

Abuja, 30 August, 2019 - “My daughter will never be beautiful again, flies follow her around all day. The stigma has made her drop out of school and the contractures make her limp. I am afraid she will not find the husband of her choice”, says Mrs Chizoba Obiaru of Okrika Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.

A 58-year-old mother, Mrs Obiaru’s 17-year-old daughter, Chinenye Obiaru is one of the 500 cases of Buruli Ulcer (BU) reported in 2018.

Workshop to develop a Regional Score Card to Monitor Progress on Sexual and Reproduc...

Universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is one of the key components of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 3 and 5 and contributes to the achievement of all the other SDGs. Given its critical roles therefore, WHO/AFRO is implementing a new four-year initiative, launched on 9 January 2019, to enhance existing efforts for reducing needless deaths from pregnancy in the region focusing on the provision of comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) services, within the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) framework, especially for the most vulnerable populations, including those living in humanitarian settings.